Q: I need assistance completing the Resolution to Change Principal Office.
Thank you to a customer from Maryland for reaching out to us! A lot of clients ask us how to change their principal office, so we decided to address the subject in a blog. Maryland LLC owners who change the principal office of their business need to submit a Resolution to Change Principal Office to the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT). We’ll break down the process.
What is a Maryland principal office?
A principal office is the primary address where a business can be contacted. When you file Maryland Articles of Organization, your principal office address becomes part of the public record. Your principal office must be a physical address, not a P.O. box. However, the address does not have to be in Maryland.
What if I want to keep my address private?
If you don’t want to share your address publicly, you might consider hiring a professional registered agent who will let you to use their business address on public documents instead of yours. Hiring a registered agent also gives you peace of mind that you won’t miss an important piece of legal mail when you go on vacation.
How do I file the Maryland Resolution to Change Principal Office?
The form you file to change your principal office or change your Maryland Registered Agent (also called a resident agent) is the Resolution to Change Principal Office or Resident Agent. If you are only changing your principal address, you can check that box and ignore the box for changing your registered agent. Here’s the information you’ll need to provide on this form:
- LLC name
- State/jurisdiction where the LLC was formed
- Old principal office
- New principal office
- Signature of authorized person (person submitting the form)
- Signature of registered agent
You can file this document online, by mail, or in person.
Online: Maryland Business Express
By mail or in person:
State Department of Assessments and Taxation, Charter Division
301 W. Preston Street; 8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201‐2395
How much does it cost to file the Resolution to Change Principal Office?
The filing fee is $25. If you’re in a rush, you can pay an extra $50 for expedited filing.
How long will Maryland take to process my filing?
Regular filings take 4-6 weeks. Expedited filings take up to 7 business days.